Rights Group Warns of Anti-Gay Attacks in Iraq

Thursday: 7 Iraqis Killed, 13 Wounded

by , March 08, 2012

Aleast seven Iraqis were killed and 13 more were wounded in new violence. More alarmingly, an Iraqi right’s group says that 42 homosexual Iraqis have been murdered in the last few weeks.

The Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq warns of a surge in anti-gay attacks across Iraq, particularly in Basra and Baghdad. The attacks, which began in early February, have left at least 42 dead, according to the women’s rights group. Militia groups have publicly posted threatening messages and even lists of suspected homosexuals to target. Many of the victims were tortured before their deaths. It is unclear if their deaths went unreported in regular news reports.

In Mosul, a hand grenade killed two soldiers and wounded an officer. Another soldier was killed during a clash in a northern neighborhood; one soldier and one civilian were wounded as well.

A car bomb in Taji killed one policeman and wounded four others.

One person was killed and four others were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in Haditha.

A sticky bomb killed a police officer in Tuz Khormato.

In Baghdad, gunmen killed one person.

A bomb exploded outside a government office in Baquba and wounded two people.

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